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Old 21st June 2017, 1:18 AM   #16
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I will totally do that if he doesn't pay me back my money. I'm really hoping he pays me soon so I can put this all behind me.
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Old 21st June 2017, 2:54 AM   #17
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I will totally do that if he doesn't pay me back my money. I'm really hoping he pays me soon so I can put this all behind me.
Don't make anymore promises in order to get your $1000 back.

Unskilled people don't get $100 an hour. He would be part of a
work crew who get far less.
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Old 21st June 2017, 7:48 AM   #18
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Don't make anymore promises in order to get your $1000 back.

Unskilled people don't get $100 an hour. He would be part of a
work crew who get far less.
I know it was a high fee but I had to pay him something for his time and he did supply a little bit of lumber, very little, and a minimal amount of that cheap sand.

I thought he'd have been fine with my refund request but when he wasn't I made him do the math himself to really see what the job was worth.

I hope he can get me my money back soon. Half of me thinks he already spent it though.
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Old 21st June 2017, 8:56 AM   #19
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Has anyone ever had to fire a contractor before for doing poor work? How did you go about getting your money back?

Mine is saying he used 700 lbs of sand in my back yard

And he's trying to charge me for the hardening sand, the polymeric, 700 lbs at about $20 for a 40 lb tub when he actually used that sandbox sand that costs about $3 a bag and I can totally prove it, especially since it's raining and that polymeric sand hardens when wet.

I'm reading things online that say I need to watch out that he doesn't sue me back but I'm not lying and have pictures to prove it. I haven't placed any negative reviews or anything up yet either but may in time.

He will look like an incompetent fraud by the time I am done with him. I figure he should get about $600 and refund me a thousand but he is lying about supply costs now and wants to refund me $600 (up from first $300, then a firm $500) but I haven't budged off my initial refund request.

What now? Can I sue? There is an unsigned drawn up contract that says nothing about refunds or guaranteed workmanship that we verbally agreed upon but nothing has been signed, if that matters.

Can I sue for all my money back, since everything he touched needs to be redone? He was here about six hours so I thought paying him $600 was more than generous but if I have to take it to court can I change that amount and try to get labor costs back?

Is it even possible to sue a contractor for a refund? He said I didn't let him finish but I wanted him nowhere near my house after I saw the patio pavers he did sloping TOWARD my house, I fired him immediately when I saw that.

So anyway, advice please??
Do you have anything in writing that even says he did the work?
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Old 8th July 2017, 9:49 AM   #20
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Do you have anything in writing that even says he did the work?
I do. A couple proposals, a receipt of my deposit and all of our texts are on my phone.

Anyway his check cleared the bank yesterday and we're done doing business now, thank goodness
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I do. A couple proposals, a receipt of my deposit and all of our texts are on my phone.

Anyway his check cleared the bank yesterday and we're done doing business now, thank goodness
Well, that's a relief!
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Old 8th July 2017, 9:10 PM   #22
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Well, that's a relief!
It is for me! I really wasn't wanting to go court and I guess neither was he!
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